It is with enormous regret that we have had to cancel this beautiful program. For public health safety, our venue, the Historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin has closed its doors for an indefinite period
until it is safe to gather after Covid-19 has been resolved.
We are also taking this precaution for the safety of our musicians who rely on air travel
and for the well being of our much appreciated audience members.
Thank you and be safe.
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Fantasia in C major, Wq. 61/6
Carl Heinrich Graun, Trio Sonata in D Major
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Sanguinius& Melancholius, Wq.161/1
Carl Friedrich Abel, Sonata for Fortepiano, Violin & ‘Cello in F Major
Johann Christian Bach, Piano Concerto, Opus 7 No. 5
Sylvia Berry, Fortepiano
Krista Bennion Feeney & Alana Youssefian, Violin
Mark Kramer, ‘Cello
Through the music of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, we are given a glimpse into two very different musical worlds. In Berlin, the brooding and introspective music of Carl Philipp Emanuel was perfectly suited for the intimate private concerts given by his patron, Frederick the Great. Johann Christian, on the other hand, was a cosmopolite who composed wonderfully effervescent music for London’s concert halls and opera houses. The lives of the two brothers tell a musical story full of fascinating connections with Europe’s cultural elite. Carl Philipp Emanuel, immersed in the musical life of Berlin, was mentored by Graun. In London, Johann Christian began England’s first subscription concerts with Abel, was an idol to Mozart and a friend of Gainsborough. The ‘London Bach’ and the ‘Berlin Bach’ could not have been more different. Following their own paths, they created a diverse repertory, each with their own unique perspective and style.